Alfonzo Named To AFL All-Ironman Team
June 28, 2007 - A day after being named First Team All-Arena, Chicago Rush linebacker DeJuan Alfonzo was named to the Arena Football League's All Ironman team - the second-consecutive year in which Alfonzo was named to the team.
"It is a well deserved honor for 'Zo," said Rush head coach Mike Hohensee. "He is an integral member of our team in all facets of the game - offense, defense and special teams."
Defensively, Alfonzo recorded a career-high 93 tackles, six interceptions, six fumbles recovered and four fumbles forced. He set an AFL record by scoring five defensive touchdowns this season - three via interceptions and two via fumble recoveries. In addition, he tied an AFL record by recovering six fumbles this season.
In addition to leading the league in fumbles recovered, he finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the AFL in both tackles and fumbles forced.
Alfonzo also was a weapon on offense - especially when Rush receiver Bobby Sippio was out with an injury - catching 27 passes for 245 yards and seven touchdowns, and rushing for 57 yards and seven TDs on the year.
Finally, Alfonzo was just as valuable on special teams, serving as the team's holder on all extra points and field goals, and finishing the season tied for fourth in the AFL in special teams tackles.
2007 AFL ALL-IRONMAN TEAM
Duke Pettijohn, Dallas FB/LB
Robert Thomas, Colorado FB/LB
Harold Wells, Columbus FB/LB
Idris Price, Orlando FB/LB
Chris Snyder, Colorado OL/DL
Winfield Garnett, Grand Rapids OL/DL
Reggie Lee, Orlando OL/DL
Will Pettis, Dallas WR/DB
DeJuan Alfonzo, Chicago WR/LB
Lawrence Samuels, Tampa Bay WR/LB
Ryan Dennard, Utah WR/LB
B.J. Barre, Columbus WR/LB
Jerome Riles, Grand Rapids WR/LB
Jason Geathers, San Jose WR/LB
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